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need advice to live in Turkey

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need advice to live in Turkey

Post Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:35 pm

Hello everyone,
I'm planning on leaving the EU to live in a cheaper and more friendly place. I have three countries in my mind, but I can't set my choice on one of them, so I hope to find the answers I need to make the best decision.
1/ I wish to be a self entrepreneur in Turkey, is it better to open a shop, a guest house or an online shop for someone with a small budget?
2/ What kind of business is booming in Turkey these past years?
3/ What's the best thing to sell online these days?
4/ I had in mind a place with a fresh climate in summer, is it a good choice to open a business or some are not available for foreigners?
5/ Is it better to open a business from scratch or to buy one for sale?
6/ I'm afraid that the language might be a barrier between the people and me, does the Turkish people have a second language? I mean do all of them speak English? What if I don't speak Turkish, will my business fail?
I'll be glad and thankful if someone could answer all these questions.
Thank you

 

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Re: need advice to live in Turkey

Post Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:03 pm

Hi there and welcome to the Forum! Smile

That's a lot of questions! Shocked
I do hope you find the answers you are looking for.

My advice would be to come and live in TR for a few months and see how you get on.
Where do you think you would like to live?
Definitely try to learn some Turkish even if it's only on duolingo.

Good luck! And come back and let us know how you are getting on.


PS As regards second languages in TR, many people do speak a second language in TR, English, German, French, Russian etc but that does not mean they speak it well, some do, some don't. If one is planning a business operation there, one should employ a professional interpreter.


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Re: need advice to live in Turkey

Post Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:49 pm

Thank you, I'll think about it

 

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Re: need advice to live in Turkey

Post Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:52 pm

As previously suggested, you will find it better to first come and stay in Turkey for a while to see if you like it or not. You also have to decide on which part of Turkey to live and open your business. life in the big cities like Istanbul and Ankara are far different than say Antalya, or izmir. Also before opening a business here you need to check out what other businesses like you are thinking of opening are doing. It is no use opening shall we say an internet shop where there are already dozens. At present the economic situation is not particularly good, but hopefully will improve. On the plus side Turkish people are very helpful and friendly, Although the language can prove a problem, many Turkish people understand a certain amount of English, although they don't speak it. In general, in reply to your questions, check our the various areas and where you think you might prefer to live, and make contact with other foreigners from your own country who live in Turkey. Those who live here are more liable to give you the answers you are seeking.

Good luck in your quest.

 

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